I've been having no luck trying to capture hi def footage to my fcp 5.1. It won't see my camera unless it's in Stand def. So I try to change my camera to High def but it won't do so without removing the firewire. The second the FW is back in the cam the setting goes back to STD. Canon says that FCP is the problem. Is there an off chance that I need the latest FCP?
5.1.4 works just fine with the A1 in HDV, use it all the time.
You need to set the camera's output before connecting the fw cable. Double check to make sure the output is not set to downconvert to DV. Connect the fw to your computer before booting up, power up the cam before launching FCP, and you should be good to go.
Also, in the painfully obvious oversight dept., make sure you're using an hdv easy setup.